This news is going to make some fanboys sad. According to the Canadian Sports Media Blog, Hazel Mae is leaving MLB Network to go back home to Canada and work for her former employer, Rogers Sportsnet.
We don’t have another source on this, but we’re attempting to find out more. Hazel joined MLB Network for its launch in 2009 where she was the original host of Quick Pitch. This year, she had been hosting The Rundown Live with Matt Yallof and had a role on Intentional Talk Live.
Before MLB Network, she came to the United States as a host of NESN’s SportsDesk. Hazel was a favorite subject of the Boston Herald’s Inside Track gossip page. And in Canada, Hazel was an anchor on Rogers Sportsnet for its morning sports update.
No word on what her new role on Rogers Sportsnet would be. It’s known that many of her fans stateside will be sad to see her leave.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated who also works at MLB Network tweeted the following which is pretty much confirmation that Hazel is gone.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: I asked MLB Network to officially confirm Hazel’s departure, however, I received a “No comment” from a spokesperson. Let us suffice to say that from the sources that I’m hearing on this story, it’s safe to say that Hazel is headed back to Canada.